101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

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Re: 101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

Unread postby NotAnAlky » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:03 pm

merlin87 wrote:When I was but a pup, I used to drink this stuff, and back then whiskey was a means to an end, not something to enjoy. I now enjoy some really fine bourbons, whiskey and others, but I saw this stuff in a liquor store and figured what the hell. It is nasty beyond belief. But here is my question, the label says "Charcoal Filtered", how is that possible? I thought the very act of filtering of any kind made it NOT bourbon. So, does anyone have the scoop on this? I gave the crap away, but I am still curious...



Charcoal filtered is what they do to Jack Daniels, and I hate that crap. I think it must be a contributing factor to the fiery, burning I used to get in the back of my throat that turned me off to it. I picked up a bottle of cheap Kentucky bourbon recently with a higher proof than JD and it goes down fine and isn't charcoal filtered so it isn't the alcohol content that makes your throat burn, it has to be something else in it.
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Re: 101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

Unread postby dickelfanaustralia » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:50 am

No kenturky bourbon runs it though a charcoal filter (not maple like jd but real carcoal) to remove much of the woody oils and it mellows it and smooths it out. I think Beam green label does it and heaven hill has some mellowed ones too.
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Re: 101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

Unread postby frankymac » Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:36 pm

Recently toured 4 roses and I don't remember charcoal filtering in the process. I asked the guide specifically about the differences between Ky bourbon and TN whiskey and he told me that TN whiskey is charcoal filtered with sugar maple charcoal before aging. I guess that's why bourbon can give more of a hangover. lack of filtering. One thing to keep in mind is that the legal definition of bourbon does not exclude the filtering process. The 2 main things that I remember were that the mash must be 51% corn and the barrels can only be used once. Also the first layer of the char on the barrels is really charcoal that the liquor must pass through to get to that carmelized layer that gives bourbon its characteristic color and flavor. So as the liquor is moving in and out of the wood during aging it is passing through a layer of "charcoal". just a few things I remembered from the tour. I hope it helps.

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Re: 101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

Unread postby beer2bourbon » Sun May 05, 2013 5:32 pm

This stuff is available all the time a mile away from me in AVL_NC. best bargain out there!
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Re: 101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

Unread postby wmpevans » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:57 am

Was in Alabama last weekend for a wedding.

Bought several bottles at $11.99.

7yr age stated 101 proof HH juice. At that price I'm a buyer.
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Re: 101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

Unread postby 393foureyedfox » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:31 am

wmpevans wrote:

7yr age stated 101 proof HH juice.



with those stats, I am wondering.....does it taste just like Old Ezra 101?
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Re: 101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

Unread postby Squire » Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:06 pm

393foureyedfox wrote:
wmpevans wrote:

7yr age stated 101 proof HH juice.



with those stats, I am wondering.....does it taste just like Old Ezra 101?


Close enough to make a blind tasting very interesting.
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Re: 101 Proof Virgin Bourbon

Unread postby NCdoc » Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:18 am

These more recent posts mention Old Crow and Evan Williams (black). Both are no age statement straight bourbons. EW is 86 proof. OC is 80 proof. Straight bourbons must be aged at least 2 years. Virgin Bourbon is 101 proof and has an age statement of 7 years. Here in Rowan County NC, Virgin Bourbon is now incredibly priced at $11.75 for 750 ml. This is the SAME as Early Times Kentucky Whiskey which is 80 proof, has no age statement and does not meet the legal requirements for bourbon (aged in reused barrels). This is a no brainer.

Jim Murray's review mentions the deep color, deft oak, bittersweet delivery, kumquats and hickory.

When I pick a bottle for mixing with Coke or ginger ale (and a lemon squeeze !), this is my go-to bourbon. Sure, it doesn't quite match the complex aromatics of $28 or $38 (or higher) bourbons. None the less, sipped straight it has an extremely appealing, powerful flavor as Jim Murray describes. This is a strongly flavored, very smoky whiskey. I like whiskeys that are strongly flavored. For example, I appreciate the delicate and flowery younger whiskeys of Speyside, but if I were buying I would choose an older Islay malt or blend.

How many mixing bourbons would you drink neat? To me, Evan Williams is bland and Early Times greatly disappoints when taken neat. Virgin Bourbon does not disappoint. Buy with confidence and try this if it is available in your area. Don't be a price snob and do taste with an open mind. Naturally, one whiskey does not suit everyone. Virgin Bourbon is a great all-rounder at a great price.
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